Aging Is Inevitable, Old is Optional

August 28, 2018

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“Old” Begins at Forty


Do any of the following statements sound familiar:

  • “My game falls apart at the 10th
  • “The doctor said my knee pain is due to a torn meniscus.”
  • “I have foot pain because of a heel spur.”
  • “My doctor said, “the discs in my back are shot”.
  • “I have really bad arthritis in my feet.”
  • “I have chronic tight hamstrings.”
  • “I feel stiff all over.”
  • “My body has changed since I was twenty-five. That’s OK, I can live with it.”
  • Are you going to the gym and not getting stronger? Not even maintaining status?
  • “I hurt after the game or workout.” “I don’t hurt when I’m swinging the golf club but the pain after the game and the next day is not worth it.”
  • “After 45 years, I’m done with this.” Referring to his foot pain that was diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis.
  • “The patella fracture in high school football is the cause of my knee pain. Arthritis has ‘set in’.”
  • “I tore my rotator cuff in college.”
  • “Because of back pain I gave up running and am doing the recumbent bike.”
  • “My doctor said I should start a swimming program for my knee pain.”
  • “I gave up running because of knee pain. The doctor said it was arthritis.”
  • “I have had migraine headaches since I was twelve. They are becoming more frequent.”  On questioning, this patient stated that she fell out of a wagon at seven and sustained a concussion.”
  • “High school and college soccer took its’ toll on my body. I can’t do what I used to do.”
  • “I realize that when you get to a certain age stuff just starts falling apart.”
  • I hurt my back when I was in college. I was on the golf team.  The ER doctor told me never to play golf again. This patient’s back pain was resolved at CHC and she did return to golf!


The above statements are typical of people accepting loss of function, the loss of their ability to participate in life the way they did at twenty-five, the way they would like to, inevitable.  They accept the diagnosis. 


And this is WRONG. 


Treatments focused on the incorrect identification of the tissue causing the pain is futile.  It could even be causing more pain.  A good example of treatment directed at the wrong tissue is plantar fasciitis.  Foot pain caused by a nerve entrapment, as a result of an old injury to the foot or a previous episode of plantar fasciitis, would not respond to treatment that incorporated ice, stretches and deep pressure.  This treatment not only would not resolve the foot pain; it would make it worse.  Another example of this is hip pain supposedly caused by a “chronic tight IT Band”.  Treatment with a foam roller would not help.  Sure, it would temporarily take away the pain as the nerve would become numb.  But, the treatment would not resolve the hip pain. It would recur.  Shoulder pain wrongly diagnosed as a rotator cuff tear or inflammation would not resolve with the standard rotator cuff elastic band exercises, ice and deep tissue treatment.


The correct identification of the structure causing the pain is imperative for successful outcome.


Physical therapists at CHC Physical Therapy perform an evaluation using evidence based science to determine the structure causing the pain.  It could be a nerve, tendon, joint capsule or muscle. It could be arthritis from an old injury.  It could be related to an old concussion which might never have been identified.  With the appropriate treatment, restoration of painless function can be achieved.


Do not accept a diagnosis that implies resolution of pain is not possible and function has to be adjusted to adapt to the problem.  With this approach, the loss of function will only get worse.


“Age is a question of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

                                                                                                                       –Satchel Paige


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